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      Lust for Life

      Released Sep 17, 1956 2h 2m Biography List
      80% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 81% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings This lauded drama depicts the life of revered Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (Kirk Douglas). An intense and imaginative artist, Van Gogh possesses undeniable talent, but he is plagued by mental problems and frustrations with failure. Supported by his brother, Theo (James Donald), the tormented Van Gogh eventually leaves Holland for France, where he meets volatile fellow painter Paul Gauguin (Anthony Quinn) and struggles to find greater inspiration. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 16 Buy Now

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      Vernon Young Arts Digest By way of summary it should suffice if I declare that the film Lust for Life is monstrously inept. Its account -- no warmer word is appropriate -- of the life and art of one Vincent Van Gogh is not so much wrong as it is wrong-headed -- or wrong-hearted. Jan 30, 2024 Full Review George Elkind Metro Times (Detroit, MI) ...here it feels more than right to leave that work to Douglas. And it's precisely that kind of measure and reserve that makes Minnelli a realist artist himself — albeit a realist of a different kind. Oct 7, 2022 Full Review André Bazin L'Éducation Nationale I cannot say much that is positive... The worst is avoided here, yes, but can we say that the image offered of van Gogh and his life is designed to enlighten us both about his work in particular and about the problems of artistic creation in general? Dec 9, 2021 Full Review Rosa Parra Latinx Lens A visually gorgeous telling of Van Gogh's story told by two extraordinary performances from Quinn and Douglas. Successfully balances the chaotic mentally unstable circumstances from Van Gogh with its peaceful scenery. Rated: 4/5 Jul 24, 2021 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills It's a noble effort, but one that now seems constrained by Hollywood convention, and is too eager to embrace "tortured artist" cliches at their most histrionic. Apr 2, 2021 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing The Best Actor Oscar that year went to Yul Brynner for his broad emoting in The King and I, but Douglas -- in one of the defining performances of his career -- would have been a far more deserving winner. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 25, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      david f This is a lushly made film about Vincent Van Gogh, where the artistry and technique of the film matches and overlaps with Van Gogh's. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Robert H If not for John Wayne (as Genghis Khan!) in The Conqueror, this would be the most comical casting decision in motion picture history. While watching it I did not slice off my ear but I was sorely tempted to gouge out my eyes. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 11/13/22 Full Review Shioka O Beautiful film, but not enjoyable, maybe because a bit overwhelming to look at. Kirk Douglas is really good. Almost Gogh became Douglas. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/31/22 Full Review Wade O This movie is an absolute masterpiece! The acting of Douglas and Quinn are exceptional, especially when combined with the music score and spectacular scenery. Then add in Van Gogh's artwork and his struggles with mental illness, much less understood at the time, and you have movie art Van Gogh himself would be proud of. There's a perfect blend of quality acting, scenery, music, and storytelling that give you an appreciation for the artist and the time period he lived. I rarely watch movies over and over, but I keep coming back to this one. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/23/22 Full Review Audience Member This is the movie he should have won best actor oscar for, definantly his strongest performance and most intence sceans , too bad the acadamy was so predgidest toward certain actors during the 50 and 60's.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member No matter how historically accurate it is, the explosive acting from Kirk Douglas and the scenery-chewing Anthony Quinn makes it well worth watching! Come for the painting-like scenery, stay for the explosive Anthony Quinn, who proves here why he deserved the Supporting Actor Oscar! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis This lauded drama depicts the life of revered Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (Kirk Douglas). An intense and imaginative artist, Van Gogh possesses undeniable talent, but he is plagued by mental problems and frustrations with failure. Supported by his brother, Theo (James Donald), the tormented Van Gogh eventually leaves Holland for France, where he meets volatile fellow painter Paul Gauguin (Anthony Quinn) and struggles to find greater inspiration.
      Director
      Vincente Minnelli
      Screenwriter
      Norman Corwin
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 17, 1956, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 1, 2008
      Runtime
      2h 2m
      Sound Mix
      Stereo
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